Müşfik Kenter

Tiyatro Oyuncusu, Oyuncu

08 Eylül, 1932
15 Ağustos, 2012
Ankara State Theater

Theater, cinema and television series actor. (B. 8th September 1932 Istanbul – D. 15th August 2012, Istanbul). He was the son of the diplomat Ahmet Naci Kenter and Olga Cynthia of English origin. He was the brother of the theater and cinema actress and director Yıldız Kenter and the brother-in-law of Şükran Güngör. After he got married to and divorced from Mehlika Kenter and Gülsüm Kamu, he got married to Kadriye Kenter. Müşfik Kenter started theater acting in the Children’s Division of the Ankara Devlet Tiyatrosu (T.N. Ankara State Theater) in 1947. After playing parts in various plays in the Ankara Children’s Theater (1948-49), he entered to the Ankara State Conservatory (1950) and he finished the Department of Theater with a high level in the year 1955. After that, he entered into the State Theaters. Before resigning from this institution, he performed successful plays such as “Oğuz Ata (1955) from Selâhattin Batu, “Yağmurcu” (1956) from N. Richard Nash, “Aşk Acısı” (1957) from Marcel Achard, “Çöl Faresi” (1958) from Ladislaus Fodor.

Müşfik Kenter left the Ankara State Theater in the year of 1959 and started to work under Muhsin Ertuğrul, together with his sister Yıldız Kenter, in Istanbul. They performed plays in Küçük Sahne. They came together with his sister's husband Şükran Güngör and Kamuran Yüce in this period. They founded the Site Theater in Istanbul in the years of 1960-61. They changed the name of this group as Kent Oyuncuları in 1962. Yıldız Kenter, Müşfik Kenter and Şükran Güngör completed the construction of the own building of the Kenter Theater in the year of 1968 in Istanbul. After the completion of the construction of the theater, they realized that they had invested all the money in their pockets to this place. They went on the road for a big tour of Anatolia in order to earn money and they started to collect supports with the campaign of selling seats. While doing this, they didn’t hesitate to stage the plays that might not be understood by the audience and they were resolute about playing the good plays.

Müşfik Kenter accomplished theater researches and made investigations in the United States of America (USA) and England by earning scholarships from the English Cultural Committee and Rockefeller. He staged English and Turkish plays in many countries such as the England, the United States of America, France, Germany, Yugoslavia and Cyprus. Kenter worked in almost all the plays of Kent Oyuncuları as an actor or as a director. The following are plays may be counted among the plays in which Kenter acted: “Öfke” (1960) from John Osborne, “Aptal Kız” (1961) from Marcel Achard, “Nalınlar” (1962) and “Derya Gülü” (1963) from Neca­ti Cumalı, “Kim Kor­kar Hain Kurttan” (1964) from Edward Albee, “Üç Kuruşluk Opera” (1964) from Bertolt Brecht, “Mikado’nun Çöpleri” (1967) from Melih Cevdet Anday, “Hamlet” (1968) from Shakespeare, “Üç Kız Kardeş” (1970) and “Vanya Dayı” (1978) from Anton Chekhov, “Ayaktakı­mı Arasında” (1971) from Maxim Gorky, “Günden Geceye” (1976) from Eugene O’Neill, “Cyrano de Bergerac” (1982) Edmond Rostand and “Arzu Tramvayı” (1983) from Tennes­see Williams. Kenter showed a big success in the solo plays that he performed, starting from “Çiçu” from Aziz Nesin in the year of 1970 and continuing in the 1980s with “Bir Garip Orhan Veli” (1981) from Murathan Mungan and “Van Gogh” (1988) from W. G. Smith.

In addition to theater playing, Müşfik Kenter also took parts in cinema movies. He made dubbing in local and foreign television films. He started cinema acting with the movie “Sessiz Harp” (1961) directed by Lütfi Akad. He drew interesting compositions in cinema movies such as Bozuk Düzen” (1965) from Haldun Dormen, Murtaza” (1966) from Tunç Başaran, “Sevmek Zamanı” (1966) from Metin Erksan and “Üç Arkadaş” (1971) from Memduh Ün. Müşfik Kenter, who made dubbings in local and foreign television films for a long time, also worked in radio plays, among which the most famous is “Uğurlugil Ailesi” created by Selçuk Kaskan. He played the leading role in the television series named “Kanun Adamı” in the year of 1983. Besides, he played in the following cinema movies: “Hayallerim, Aşkım ve Sen”(1987), “Rumuz Goncagül” (1987) , “Gecenin Öteki Yüzü” (1988), “Lebewohl Fremde” (1991), “Moon Time” (1994), “Dar Alanda Kısa Paslaşmalar” (2000), “Amerikalılar Karadeniz’de” (2007).

He put forward characters who were admiringly watched by the audience in television series such as “Mevlana Aşkı Dansı”, “Sessiz Gemiler”, “Elveda Yabancı”, “Çöl Faresi” (1977), “Emekli Başkan” (1979), “Geçmiş Bahar Mimozaları” (1989), “Ateşten Günler” (1988), “Gecenin Öteki Yüzü” (1987), “Kurtuluş” (1994), “Hayat Bazen Tatlıdır” (1996), “Şapkadan Babam Çıktı” (2003), “Zümrüt” (2004), “Kapıları Açmak” (2005), “Avrupa Yakası” (2009). The principal awards that he received are: 1960 the İlhan İskender Award, “the Best Co-starring Actor” award by the Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festival in 1966, “the Best Actor” of Ulvi Araz in 1981, “the Best Actor” of Ankara Art Institution in 1981 and 1985 and the “Special Award of Muhsin Ertuğrul” in the Afife Jale Theater Awards in 1997.

After having retired from the tutorage of the State Conservatory of the Mimar Sinan University, Kenter worked as the Head of Department of Theater of the Conservatory of the Haliç University and the General Art Director of the City Theater of the Municipality of Bakırköy. Müşfik Kenter was a theater player who performed ideally the theater conception determined by the conservatory education and who enriched this conception in a creative and innovative way. He enlarged the boundaries of his talents and transferred his experiences to students during his long years of tutorage at the Istanbul Municipality Conservatory. 

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